|Mantle decorations with black added for Halloween|
|Mantle decorations without the black (looks like I forgot the cat)|
While I love the Halloween/Fall decorations, I must admit that my absolute favorite is decorating for Christmas!!! The weekend after Thanksgiving (OK usually the DAY after), I pull down all the Thanksgiving decorations and bring out the piles of Christmas decorations.
From that point, it feels like I live in Christmas-land! I just love all of the festive colors. The pretty, sparkly items, the blinking lights, and wonderful music! I really think I was meant to live at the North Pole!
Right now I am starting to begin my holiday planning. A few years ago, I made a list of all of the holiday traditions and events that I could think of - so that at the beginning of each holiday season, we can go through the list and pick out the "must do's" for this year. It's a fun way to begin our planning and it starts to build a feeling of anticipation.
Here's a sample of some of the traditions on our Holiday To-Do list:
- Decorate the inside and outside of the house
- Baking holiday goodies
- Seeing the Nutcracker Ballet
- Driving around to see all the neighborhood holiday decorations
- Making Christmas cards
- Going to the Bellevue Botanical Gardens to see their holiday light displays
- Family and friends gingerbread house decorating contest
- Going to holiday bazaars
- Reading holiday-based books
- We pick another winter holiday to celebrate/honor - for instance: Ramadan, Solstice, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or Yule (we are Christian, but think celebrating other winter holidays are a wonderful way to learn about and honor another culture).
- Watch holiday-themed TV shows and movies
- High Tea (something the adult-aged ladies in my family have done every year for 12+ years and usually requires the ladies to wear fancy/fun hats)
- Kid's Tea (we started a few years ago because the kids wanted to join in the High Tea fun... it's like High Tea, but a LOT less formal)
- Annual holiday family picture
- Snowshoeing (or playing in the snow) in the mountains
|Mantle decorated for Christmas in '08|